MAKARONIK

1 November 2014Ballet IrelandSwan Lake
4 November 2014Aisling GhearMakaronik
7 November 2014LPR EntertainmentGet Rhythm
11 November 2014Harlem Gospel ChoirHarlem Gospel Choir
14 & 15 November 2014Monaghan Pink LadiesNaff Caff & Small Talk
21 November 2014Conal GallenLaugh and a Half
22 & 23 November 2014Loco & Reckless ProductionsThe Far of Hills

All shows start at 8pm unless otherwise stated
   
1st November 2014
 
Ballet Ireland
Swan Lake
 
Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.
This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.
Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…?
This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, and has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.
This autumn 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.
‘Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic’
‘Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging’
The Irish Times
‘Moving production…beautifully choreographed’
The Sunday Business Post
‘exuberant and beautiful production’
Irish Mail on Sunday

   
4th November 2014
 
Aisling Ghear
Makaronik
by Dave Duggan
 
A multi lingual science-fiction drama in Irish, English & Empirish
 
 
It’s 2084 and a world where ‘The Empire’ reigns supreme. Most European languages are forbidden. We’re introduced to the menacing wilderness that was once Belfast. Makaronik , the last woman standing, has been instructed by ‘The Centre’ to wrap up her archive and send back all remnants of the Irish language for ‘storage’. Diarmuid and Gráinne, two high level officials arrive to ensure that all goes smoothly and that Makaronik  comes back with them….. but will it all go as smoothly as planned? Futuristic yet rooted in an ancient tradition, think of Beckett’s Endgame, Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner  with just a hint of The Matrix. This play asks the big questions,  the relentless drive of technology as it makes the world seem smaller and asks what are we losing  out on? It’s also a story about home, security, and the basic human need to create family and community, even under the most alien of circumstances. A struggle that is at the beating heart of Makaronik
Footnotes:
Makaronik is derived from the Latin - macaronic where the mixing up of languages has a humorous or satirical intent
Empirish: think George Orwell’s ‘Newspeak’ or Star Trek’s ‘Klingon’ Language
   
7th November 2014
 
LPR Entertainment
Get Rhythm
 
‘Get Rhythm' are a group of 8 musicians from Co Cavan who are aiming to recreate the prison shows undertaken by Johnny Cash & his band in 1960's.
 
This is the most authentic Johnny Cash/June Carter tribute in Ireland making them the No1 sought after Cash act in the Country.
Get Rhythm have appeared on Ireland AM, performed in Prisons, sold out shows nationwide, performed at Electric Picnic and recently embarked on a 14 night UK Tour in July 2014.
 
Get Rhythm has received direct praise from the Cash/Carter family for their authentic tribute show and look forward to collaborating with the Cash Family in the future.
 
Following the successful prison tour, this 8 piece band (replicating the classic Cash, Tennessee Three, Carter Family and Carl Perkins line-up) are now taking their performance to venues playing songs from throughout Cash's career. Paul McCann will be recreating the role of Johnny Cash and June Carters vocal duties will be performed by Louise O’Reilly.
   
11th November 2014
 
 
Harlem Gospel Choir
 
Having performed for Nelson Mandela at the Yankee Stadium, for the Pope in Central Park, with the Chieftains on their US tour and on U2's “Rattle and Hum” album, film and tour, the Harlem Gospel Choir will, once again, return to Ireland for an extensive tour.
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture. Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He was promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday campaign and it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born.
Their songs of inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights. The Choir devotes his time to spreading the joy of faith throughout the world. This is not to be missed and promises to sell out quickly.
   
14th & 15th November 2014
 
Monaghan Pink Ladies
Naff Caff & Small Talk
 
Local fundraising group, Monaghan Pink Ladies, present “It’s A Funny Business” in the Garage Theatre Monaghan on the 14th and 15th of November at 8pm, in aid of Drumlin House. 
“It’s A Funny Business” comprises of two 1 act comedy plays, Naff Caff and Smalls Talk, both of which will be performed on each night.  The cast is made up of members from the Monaghan Pink Ladies and other local acting talents. 
 
Naff Caff
It is a run of the mill Wednesday morning in a small café, what could possibly go wrong?  Join hard working owner Ted, his glamourous wife Sybil and their ditsy teenage daughter Ava as they deal with the various characters who enter the café.  Things are thrown into hilarious disarray with the arrival of Bill and Terry. 
 
Smalls Talk
Five ladies of different ages and backgrounds meet for a lingerie party with Dawn the Lady Lace Representative.  We get to meet hostess with the mostess Linda, her husband “Sexy Rexy”, Linda’s cynical smart alec sister Carol,  innocently tactless young neighbour Tracy, work colleague “Snotty Dotty” and her friend drippy Emma.   Add drinks into the mix and tongues are loosened with comical results.
   
21st November 2014
 
Conal Gallen
Laugh and a Half
 
Due to the phenomenal success of Conal’s comedy play “A Bit On The Side”, available dates are few and far between so for 2014 Conal has had to condense his stand up tour into a few very limited number of shows and the Garage Theatre is the place to see him.
Don’t miss out on this rare chance to see Conal performing his hilarious new show – Laugh and A Half and see why he really is Ireland’s funniest man!
 
   
22nd & 23rd November 2014 
 
Loco & Reckless Productions in
association with Nomad Theatre Network
The Far Of Hills
By Lennox Robinson
By Agreement with Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach
Directed by Mikel Murfi
 
A hilarious tale of scheming siblings, love and general jiggery-pokery.
Set in a sleepy town in rural Ireland, everything is set to change in the lives of Patrick Clancy and his three daughters. A looming eye operation, a daughter soon to leave for the convent,  the arrival of the young and devilishly handsome Pierce Hegarty, the gloomy presence of Harold Mahoney - the biggest moaner in Ireland - ever…
Will the Clancy household be able to withstand the pressure?
This revival of Lennox Robinson’s classic comedy from 1928 is given new life under the direction of award-winning Mikel Murfi (creator of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes).
A slapstick, boisterous production that’ll leave audiences spinning in their seats!